US Rep Tom Suozzi chose Diana Reyna as his running mate in his campaign for governor, he announced Wednesday.
Reyna, who previously served on the New York City Council and as deputy borough president in Brooklyn, would be the first Latina elected to statewide office if she is elected lieutenant governor, his campaign said.
“Diana believes that public service is about getting things done to improve the lives of the people we serve,” Suozzi, a Democrat, said. “As the next Lieutenant Governor, Diana will partner with me to ensure that New York State government addresses the critical issues of public safety, affordability, and improving our education system.”
“The historic significance of Diana’s candidacy represents a new beginning for the Latino community, that for too long has been effectively denied a seat at the table of state government.”
“I am honored and excited to be running alongside Tom Suozzi, as we create opportunities for all New Yorkers,” said Reyna. “Tom Suozzi and I won’t hide from the tough issues, won’t pander to the political left or right, and will stand up to the special interests and lobbyists that have been choking Albany for decades.
“As the first Latina to serve in a statewide position, I will bring a deep sense of empathy, background, and experiences to the job to represent every person in every corner of the state.”
Suozzi and Reyna were joined by a diverse group of supporters and community leaders in Williamsburg for the announcement.
Suozzi praised Reyna’s 20 years of public service and her legislative and executive experience.
Reyna, like Suozzi, is a first-generation American. Both of her parents were born in the Dominican Republic. Suozzi’s father was born in Italy.
Reyna was born and raised in Williamsburg and lives in Bushwick with her husband, a lieutenant in the New York Police Department, and their two teenage sons.